Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Christmas Cookies


This tutorial will show you how to make some really quick and easy Christmas cookies. Once you complete the tut, you can then use the technique and your preset shapes tool to make lots of other variations.

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro.This tutorial was written for versions 10 (PSP X), 9 and 7.04. You may download the latest PSP version demo here.

Optional: Flaming Pear's Blade Pro or Super Blade Pro. This is a commercial filter and you'll find it here. [Note: You can do this tutorial without Super Blade Pro].

Optional: My Blade Pro preset. Place the preset in your SBP (or BP) presets folder, and the .bmp file in your SBP or BP textures folder. [Note: the preset is in Blade Pro format, so it'll work with either Blade Pro or Super Blade Pro].

My canvas with selections saved to alpha channels.

You may download all of my materials here.

You'll also need this color chart. Right click on it and save to your computer.

Step 1. Open up the cookies canvas you downloaded. Copy your color chart and paste it as a new layer onto your canvas. Move to the top out of your way. When you need a color, just click on it with your dropper tool.

Step 2.Add a new layer. Load selection 01 from alpha channel (selections>load/save selection>load selection from alpha channel.

Flood fill with color #1. Apply noise (adjust>add/remove noise>add noise) using settings in the screenshot.

Apply an inner bevel (effects>3d effects>inner bevel) using settings in the screenshot.


Step 3. Add a new layer. Load selection 02. Flood fill with color #2. Apply inner bevel, same settings as before.

Step 4. Add a new layer. Choose your paintbrush, width 2. Draw some sprinkles on your cookie, using colors #3 and 4. Leave a space in the center

Step 5. I'm going to show you two variations on the center piece. I used Super Blade Pro to make mine, but in case you don't have that filter, I wanted to give an alternative. To make the Super Blade Pro one, go to Step 6. To make the alternative, go to step 7.

Step 6. Add a new layer. Set foreground and background colors to white. Choose your preset shapes tool>circle. Draw a small circle in the center of your cookie. Float it (selections>select all>selections>float). Now apply the "pracken_cookiegreen" preset you downloaded (effects>plugins>flaming pear>super blade pro (or blade pro) - then navigate to the preset). Go to Step 8 below.

Step 7. If you don't have Super Blade Pro, you could just draw a green circle (use color #5) and apply an inner bevel. Or, you could make a different version that gives a twirly effect, but you use features in PSP v. outside filters.

Add a new layer. Set foreground to null, background to color #5. Choose your preset shapes tool>circle. Draw a small circle in the center of yoru cookie.

Choose your paintbrush (size about 8) and paint a little of color #6 on your circle.

Choose your warp brush>push mode, using settings in the screenshot.

Twirl the colors around a bit, until you have something similar to mine.

Now your shape will probably not be circular any longer, so to fix that, choose your selection tool>circle. Draw a circle in the center. Go to selections>invert. Hit the delete key on your keyboard. Your image should now be a circle.

Apply an inner bevel, using same settings as before. You should have something similar to this.

Step 8. Hide your color chart and background layers. Merge visible layers.

Step 9. Now all you need to do is make as many variations of the cookie as you wish. I'm providing you with some additional colors that I used on mine (7, 8, and 9).

Step 10. I'm also providing you with the shape for the tree. Just repeat the above steps for the selections (they're selections 03 and 04, saved to alpha channel).

Step 11. To get different effects, just use your preset shapes tool to make other cookies. I've used the star and the heart to make some more. Just add a new layer. Choose a shape you like, and draw it. Apply noise and inner bevel as above.

Now go to selections>select all>selections>float. Now contract the selection - the amount will depend on how large your image is. Add a new layer and flood fill with a different color. Apply inner bevel as before.

Finally, add a new layer and make a center, as above. Merge as above.

Step 12. And that's it, cookies everywhere! *grin* I hope you've enjoyed the tut. ;o)

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This tutorial was created on November 21, 2005.
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